Lisa Riley has turned down I'm A Celebrity seven times
Lisa Riley has spurned the opportunity to appear on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' seven times.
The former 'Emmerdale' star has received a call from producers on the ITV reality show for the past seven years but has so far resisted the lure of a big pay day to endure the gruelling and sometimes revolting Bushtucker Trials.
During a conversation about the soon-to-start new series on 'Loose Women' on Tuesday (08.11.16), she spilled: "They've actually offered me the jungle for the last seven years. They offered to me this year and I was like, 'Oh, I don't know.' "
The thing that's putting Lisa off from heading to the Australian jungle is her massive phobia of rodents.
But although the 40-year-old actress has repeatedly said no to becoming a campmate for Ant and Dec to toy with she won't completely rule out an appearance on the programme.
She added: "I think for me the spiders and eating the weird stuff would be fine, but if you remember Joe Pasquale when he had to in the rat box, that would be it for me. Rats and mice I could not do, I have a thing about them. My cat brought in a mouse once and I was literally neurotic. The mice no way, maybe I might think about it."
Lisa's fellow panellist Janet Street-Porter - who appeared on 'I'm A Celebrity...' in 2004, finishing fourth - warned her that the rats don't just feature in the trials but also scurry through camp every evening.
Janet said: "They are all running around the camp too."
Ruth Langsford and Coleen Nolan, the day's other panellists, admitted they had never been offered a spot on the show, much to their disappointment.
Ruth - who is married to Eamonn Holmes - said: "I've never been asked to do it. I could do the eating challenges but I could never do the locked in challenges, I'd get too claustrophobic."
Coleen added: "No, I've never been asked to do it either."
'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' returns on Sunday (13.11.16) on ITV and among the stars taking part are Carol Vorderman, Gogglebox's Scarlett Moffatt, ex 'Strictly Come Dancing' pro Ola Jordan, retired England footballer Wayne Bridge, model Lisa Snowdon and Diversity's Jordan Banjo.